The 2014 season didn’t begin the way CC Sabathia had hoped as the big lefty gave up six runs in six innings in a losing effort to the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Though it wasn’t the start he had in mind, Sabatia isn’t discouraged.
“I know I can pitch, I know I can get guys out,” he said. “I’m not going to beat myself up over this.”
There may be a method to Sabathia’s madness. Even though it was a really bad outing, there were some bright spots. After giving up six runs on six hits (including two very long home runs to left field) in the first two innings, he pitched four shutout innings while giving up only two hits. Though that isn’t to say that didn’t leave questions.
Sabathia’s fastball velocity was rather low as he averaged about 89 MPH, an all-time low for him,
Even as these questions linger, it is good to see that Sabathia hasn’t lost his confidence, like many people in his situation would. He still believes he can succeed with a lower fastball velocity and he may well be right, He is a smart pitcher who can adjust.
There may be speed bumps, but if Sabathia isn’t skeptical, why should his fans be? Have faith in him, he may still be the ace of the Yankees pitching staff.
At the very least, be hopeful because if he can’t hold his own, this team is in trouble.